Our Veterinarians

Dr. Sarah Achen is board certified in veterinary cardiology. She is sitting next to a golden retriever.
Sarah Achen
DVM, DACVIM (Cardiology)
Cardiology
Sarah Achen
DVM, DACVIM (Cardiology)
BluePearl Veterinarian
Board Certified in Veterinary Cardiology
Cardiology
Servicing Locations
Dr. Sarah Achen is particularly interested in acute and chronic heart failure therapy, management of arrhythmias, and interventional cardiology, including transvenous pacemaker therapy and non-invasive treatment of congenital heart disease. She also enjoys clinical research and teaching.
  • Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (Cardiology)
  • Residency, Cardiology, Texas A&M University, College Station
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, Michigan Veterinary Specialists, Southfield
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, The Ohio State University, Columbus
  • Bachelor of Science, University of Toledo, OH
Dr. Achen spends her off duty time chasing after her two young boys with her husband. She enjoys traveling with her family, decorating cakes and exercising. She has a golden retriever named Dori and an orange tabby cat named Bubaloo.
Dr. Susette Aquino is board certified in veterinary ophthalmology. She is holding a white and brown dog.
Susette Aquino
DVM, DACVO
Ophthalmology
Susette Aquino
DVM, DACVO
BluePearl Veterinarian
Board Certified in Veterinary Ophthalmology
Ophthalmology
Servicing Locations
Dr. Susette Aquino has over 15 years of veterinary ophthalmology experience. Her special interests include eyelid and corneal surgery. Prior to becoming a veterinarian, she was a critical care nurse in human medicine.
  • Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists
  • Residency, Ophthalmology, Iowa State University, Ames
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, University of Illinois, Urbana
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, The Ohio State University, Columbus
  • Bachelor of Science, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee
Dr. Aquino enjoys gardening, hiking and training her dogs in a variety of dog sports and activities.
Dr. Jordan Assenmacher is an emergency medicine veterinarian. He is sitting with a large white dog.
Jordan Assenmacher
DVM
Emergency Medicine
Jordan Assenmacher
DVM
BluePearl Veterinarian
Emergency Medicine
Servicing Locations
Dr. Jordan Assenmacher is particularly interested in stabilizing and diagnosing trauma and critically ill patients.
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, Pittsburgh Veterinary Specialty and Emergency Center, PA
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Michigan State University, East Lansing
  • Bachelor of Science, Animal Science, Michigan State University, East Lansing
Dr. Assenmacher enjoys sports, and walking/running with his dogs: Australian shepherd/English setter mix Ozzie, Pembroke Welsh corgi Udo, and mixed breed Tess. His cat is named Remington.
Dr. Tara Assenmacher is board certified in veterinary emergency and critical care medicine. She has her arm around a large dog.
Tara Assenmacher
DVM, DACVECC
Critical Care
Tara Assenmacher
DVM, DACVECC
BluePearl Veterinarian
Board Certified in Veterinary Emergency & Critical Care
Critical Care
Servicing Locations
Dr. Tara Assenmacher is particularly interested in acute kidney disease and hemodialysis, hematologic emergencies, and sepsis.
  • Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Emergency & Critical Care
  • Residency, Emergency & Critical Care, Michigan State University, East Lansing
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, The Ohio State University, Columbus
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Michigan State University, East Lansing
  • Bachelor of Arts, Political Science, Kalamazoo College, MI
Dr. Assenmacher enjoys hiking, traveling, horseback riding and gardening. She and her husband, a BluePearl emergency clinician, have a number of pets: dogs Ozzie and Montgomery; cats Meow Meow, Denali and Alyeska; and horse Teddy.
Dr. Caitlin Barry-Heffernan is board certified in veterinary internal medicine. She is holding a tabby cat.
Caitlin Barry-Heffernan
DVM, DACVIM
Internal Medicine
Caitlin Barry-Heffernan
DVM, DACVIM
BluePearl Veterinarian
Board Certified in Veterinary Internal Medicine
Internal Medicine
Servicing Locations
Dr. Caitlin Barry-Heffernan's particular interests include gastrointestinal and endocrine diseases, and she loves all types of endoscopy.
  • Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine
  • Residency, Small Animal Internal Medicine, University of Wisconsin, Madison
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, University of Minnesota, St Paul
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Tufts University, North Grafton MA
  • Bachelor of Arts, Latin and Biology, Yale University, New Haven CT
Away from the hospital, Dr. Barry-Heffernan enjoys reading, baking, trivia and board games. Her furry companion is a three-legged golden retriever, Ripley, who is named after the movie “Alien.”
Dr. Elisabeth Close is an emergency medicine veterinarian. She is next to a large blond dog.
Elisabeth Close
DVM
Emergency Medicine
Elisabeth Close
DVM
BluePearl Veterinarian
Emergency Medicine
Servicing Locations
Dr. Elisabeth Close is particularly interested in pain management and internal medicine cases, particularly immune-mediated diseases and endocrine disturbances.
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, Nashville Veterinary Specialists, TN
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine, Blacksburg VA
  • Bachelor of Science, Anthropology and Zoology, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
Dr. Close enjoys bike touring, hiking and running. She also loves cooking, reading and traveling with her husband who is also a veterinarian. The couple has a dog named Aspen and two cats, Mona and Cayenne.
Dr. Chris Cook is board certified in veterinary dermatology. He is hugging a golden retriever.
Chris Cook
DVM, DACVD
Dermatology
Chris Cook
DVM, DACVD
BluePearl Veterinarian
Board Certified in Veterinary Dermatology
Dermatology
Servicing Locations
Dr. Chris Cook is especially interested in ear disease, immune-mediated skin disorders and practical, non-immunosuppressive management of canine and feline allergies.
  • Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Dermatology
  • Residency, Veterinary Dermatology, Cornell University, Ithaca NY
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, Animal Hospital of Pittsford, Rochester NY
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Cornell University, Ithaca NY
  • Bachelor of Arts, Bucknell University, Lewisburg PA
Dr. Cook loves the outdoors and healthy cooking and eating. He spends most of his time chauffeuring his daughter and son around to their various activities.
Dr. Ashley Davis is board certified in veterinary critical care and emergency. She is holding a small gray dog.
Ashley Davis
DVM, DACVECC
Critical Care
Ashley Davis
DVM, DACVECC
BluePearl Veterinarian
Board Certified in Veterinary Emergency & Critical Care
Critical Care
Servicing Locations
Dr. Ashley Davis came to BluePearl after working as a veterinary criticalist at a busy referral center in Southwest Florida. She enjoys many aspects of critical care medicine including anesthetic emergencies, acute kidney disease, coagulation disorders and respiratory emergencies.
  • Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Emergency & Critical Care
  • Residency, Emergency & Critical Care, Angell Animal Medical Center, Boston MA
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, Angell Animal Medical Center, Boston MA
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine, Blacksburg VA
  • Bachelor of Science, University of Maryland, Baltimore
Dr. Davis enjoys hiking, cooking, running and spending time with her friends and family. She has two dogs, Abby and Brady, and chickens.
Dr. Isabelle Ducharme is board certified in veterinary neurology. She is holding a small white dog.
Isabelle Ducharme
DVM, DVSc, DACVIM (Neurology)
Neurology
Isabelle Ducharme
DVM, DVSc, DACVIM (Neurology)
BluePearl Veterinarian
Board Certified in Veterinary Neurology
Neurology
Servicing Locations
Dr. Isabelle Ducharme has a particular interest in seizures, diagnostic imaging, electrodiagnostics and neuromuscular disease.
  • Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (Neurology)
  • Residency, Neurology, University of Guelph, Ontario, Canada
  • Doctor of Veterinary Science, University of Guelph, Ontario, Canada
  • Internship, University of Montreal, Saint-Hyacinthe, Quebec, Canada
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, University of Montreal, Saint-Hyacinthe, Quebec, Canada
Dr. Marc Elie is board certified in veterinary internal medicine. He is holding a dog with a red collar and tags.
Marc Elie
DVM, DACVIM
Internal Medicine
Marc Elie
DVM, DACVIM
BluePearl Veterinarian
Board Certified in Veterinary Internal Medicine
Internal Medicine
Servicing Locations
Dr. Elie is especially interested in endocrinology, infectious diseases and gastroenterology.
  • Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine
  • Residency, Internal Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Michigan State University, East Lansing
  • Bachelor of Science, Michigan State University, East Lansing
Dr. Elie is an arts advocate and shares his home with a fox terrier named Hunter.
Dr. Leah Girard is part of our emergency medicine training program for clinicians. She is with a black dog.
Leah Girard
DVM
Emergency Medicine
Leah Girard
DVM
BluePearl Veterinarian
Emergency Medicine
Servicing Locations
Dr. Leah Girard is an emergency clinician. Her particular interests include soft tissue surgery, treating and stabilizing trauma patients, and urinary obstructions in cats.
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Michigan State University, East Lansing
  • Bachelor of Science, Biology, Grand Valley State University, Allendale MI
An outdoor enthusiast, Dr. Girard likes hiking, kayaking, camping, hockey and traveling. She also enjoys music and dancing. Her pets include German shorthaired pointer Captain, Schnauzer/poodle mix Duke, cat Mac and Russian tortoise Torti.
Dr. Mikaela Gondolfe is a resident in our surgical service.
Mikaela Gondolfe
MA, DVM
Surgery
Mikaela Gondolfe
MA, DVM
BluePearl Veterinarian
Resident
Surgery
Servicing Locations
Dr. Mikaela Gondolfe is a resident in our surgical service. Her clinical interests include fracture repair, soft tissue surgery, particularly involving the hepatobiliary system, wound management and small animal pain management.
  • Internship, Small Animal Surgery, BluePearl Specialty + Emergency Pet Hospital, Southfield, MI
  • Internship, Small Animal Surgery, Dallas Veterinary Surgical Center, TX
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, Veterinary Specialty Center of Seattle, Lynnwood, WA
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Texas A&M University, College Station
  • Master of Agriculture, Animal Science, Texas A&M University, College Station
  • Bachelor of Science, Biomedical Sciences, Texas A&M University, College Station
Dr. Gondolfe enjoys yoga, cycling, coloring, watching most sports, especially basketball, and spending time with her significant other and Goldendoodle.
Dr. Tamilselvam Gunasekaran is a veterinarian in our cardiology service. He is holding a Cavalier King Charles spaniel.
Tamilselvam Gunasekaran
BVSc & AH, DACVIM (Cardiology)
Cardiology
Tamilselvam Gunasekaran
BVSc & AH, DACVIM (Cardiology)
BluePearl Veterinarian
Board Certified in Veterinary Cardiology
Cardiology
Servicing Locations
Dr. Tamilselvam Gunasekaran is interested in interventional cardiac procedures, as well as arrhythmias and cardiomyopathies.
  • Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (Cardiology)
  • Residency, Cardiology, Michigan State University, East Lansing
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, Michigan State University, East Lansing
  • Graduate Fellow, Small Animal Clinics, Madras Veterinary College, India
  • Bachelor of Veterinary Sciences and Animal Husbandry, Madras Veterinary College, India
Dr. Gunasekaran enjoys painting and metal detecting. He has four sons and three dogs.
Dr. Jessica Hamby is an emergency medicine veterinarian. She is sitting next to a golden retriever.
Jessica Hamby
DVM
Emergency Medicine
Jessica Hamby
DVM
BluePearl Veterinarian
Emergency Medicine
Servicing Locations
Dr. Jessica Hamby’s particular interests include stabilizing critically ill pets and managing acute abdomens, toxicities and polytrauma.
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
  • Bachelor of Science, Wildlife and Fisheries Science, Tennessee Technological University, Cookeville
Dr. Hamby likes traveling and live music. She has a dog named Eddie and a cat named James Taylor.
Dr. Eric Hans is board certified in small animal surgery. He is pictured with a gray dog.
Eric Hans
DVM, DACVS-SA
Surgery
Eric Hans
DVM, DACVS-SA
BluePearl Veterinarian
Board Certified in Veterinary Surgery-Small Animal
Surgery
Servicing Locations
Dr. Eric Hans has experience in all aspects of small animal surgery and has particular interests in complex orthopedic cases, specifically fracture repair and orthopedic trauma. Dr. Hans is published in multiple veterinary journals on topics including canine bone cancer and cranial cruciate ligament rupture and treatment and has presented his research at several veterinary conferences.

Dr. Hans has undergone advanced training in canine hip replacement and is certified to perform BioMedtrix total hip replacement procedures.
  • Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Surgeons–Small Animal
  • Residency, Small Animal Surgery, MedVet, Columbus OH
  • Fellowship, Comparative Orthopedic Research, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Internship, Small Animal Surgery, Dallas Veterinary Surgical Center, TX
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, Texas A&M University, College Station
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Purdue University, West Lafayette IN
Away from the hospital, Dr. Hans spends time with his family, enjoys water activities, working out and being active with CrossFit. Dr. Hans is also an avid sports fan; his favorite NFL team is the Indianapolis Colts.
Dr. Martin Kamen is an emergency medicine veterinarian. He is hugging a large black dog.
Martin Kamen
DVM
Emergency Medicine
Martin Kamen
DVM
BluePearl Veterinarian
Emergency Medicine
Servicing Locations
An experienced emergency clinician, Dr. Martin Kamen spent 10 years at our hospitals in New York City then worked at BluePearl in Tacoma and Tampa before joining us in Michigan.
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, BluePearl Veterinary Partners, New York City
  • Internship, Small Animal Emergency Medicine, Veterinary Emergency and Referral Group, Brooklyn NY
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, The Ohio State University, Columbus
  • Bachelor of Science, Biological Sciences, University of Maryland, Baltimore
Dr. Kamen lives with two dogs and two cats. He enjoys walking the dogs, traveling, reading and listening to all types of music.
Dr. Kyle Kerstetter is board certified in veterinary surgery. He is sitting with a large blond dog.
Kyle Kerstetter
DVM, DACVS
Surgery
Kyle Kerstetter
DVM, DACVS
BluePearl Veterinarian
Board Certified in Veterinary Surgery
Surgery
Servicing Locations
Dr. Kyle Kerstetter is particularly interested in fracture healing and repair, joint surgery, hip and elbow replacement, knee injuries and TPLO, sports medicine and surgery, gastrointestinal surgery, and neurosurgery.
  • Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Surgeons
  • Residency, Surgery, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, Michigan State University, East Lansing
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, The Ohio State University, Columbus
  • Bachelor of Science, Ashland University, Ashland OH
Dr. Kerstetter shares his Michigan home with his wife, three children, two dogs, Remington and Benelli, and two cats named Mardi Gras and Lagniappe. He enjoys retriever training, hunting and writing.
Dr. Leila Kleemola is an emergency medicine veterinarian. She is holding a pug dog.
Leila Kleemola
DVM
Emergency Medicine
Leila Kleemola
DVM
BluePearl Veterinarian
Emergency Medicine
Servicing Locations
Dr. Leila Kleemola finds emergency medicine especially rewarding. She enjoys seeing a wide range of cases with the opportunity to gain experience with medical procedures and surgeries and develop her skills.
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon
  • Bachelor of Science, Biological Science, University of Alberta, Edmonton
When not working, Dr. Kleemola enjoys traveling, physical activity and cuddling with her pug.
Dr. Angela Kozicki is board certified in veterinary oncology. She is hugging a yellow dog.
Angela Kozicki
DVM, DACVIM (Oncology)
Oncology
Angela Kozicki
DVM, DACVIM (Oncology)
BluePearl Veterinarian
Board Certified in Veterinary Oncology
Oncology
Servicing Locations
Dr. Angela Kozicki has a strong interest in translational and comparative oncology.
  • Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (Oncology)
  • Residency, Small Animal Medical Oncology, University of Wisconsin, Madison
  • Research Fellowship, University of Colorado, Health Sciences Center, Denver
  • Internship, Small Animal Oncology, Animal Cancer and Imaging Center, Canton MI
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, Michigan Veterinary Specialists, Southfield
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Michigan State University, East Lansing
  • Bachelor of Veterinary Science, Michigan State University, East Lansing
Dr. Kozicki enjoys reading a good book, running, yoga and spending time with her family, including her cat, Freddie Forcefield, and potcake dog, Reggae.
Dr. Loretta Lee is an emergency medicine veterinarian. She is sitting with a large mixed breed dog.
Loretta Lee
DVM
Emergency Medicine
Loretta Lee
DVM
BluePearl Veterinarian
Emergency Medicine
Servicing Locations
Dr. Loretta Lee is particularly keen on transfusion medicine and toxicological, urinary and abdominal emergencies.
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, Michigan Veterinary Specialists, Southfield
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Ontario Veterinary College, Guelph, Canada
  • Bachelor of Science, University of Guelph, Ontario, Canada
Dr. Lee maintains a saltwater aquarium and spends time with her three Staffordshire terriers named Isabelle, Blade and Rocky.
Dr. Brooke Luce is a veterinarian in our surgery service. She is holding a gray kitten.
Brooke Luce
DVM
Surgery
Brooke Luce
DVM
BluePearl Veterinarian
Resident
Surgery
Servicing Locations
Dr. Brooke Luce is a resident in our surgery service. Her particular interests include wound management, laryngeal paralysis cases, and abdominal exploratory procedures.
  • Internship, Small Animal Surgery, BluePearl Specialty and Emergency Pet Hospital, Southfield MI
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, BluePearl Specialty and Emergency Pet Hospital, Southfield MI
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Michigan State University, East Lansing
  • Bachelor of Science, Zoology, Michigan State University, East Lansing
Dr. Luce enjoys family time, being outdoors and home remodeling projects. She and her spouse have a cat named Delilah.
Dr. Karyn Maxworthy is board certified in veterinary surgery. She is hugging a golden retriever.
Karyn Maxworthy
MS, DVM, DACVS
Surgery
Karyn Maxworthy
MS, DVM, DACVS
BluePearl Veterinarian
Board Certified in Veterinary Surgery
Surgery
Servicing Locations
Dr. Karyn Maxworthy finds soft tissue surgery including oncologic, hepatobiliary and endocrine surgery as well as orthopedic surgery especially interesting.
  • Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Surgeons
  • Residency, Surgery, Washington State University, Pullman
  • Internship, Surgery, Dallas Veterinary Surgical Center, Plano TX
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Michigan State University, East Lansing
  • Master’s of Science, Washington State University, Pullman
  • Bachelor of Science, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
Dr. Maxworthy can be found spending time with her husband and two sons, playing team volleyball, or planning her next trip abroad.
Dr. Kevin McKenna is an emergency medicine veterinarian. He is holding a yellow dog.
Kevin McKenna
DVM
Emergency Medicine
Kevin McKenna
DVM
BluePearl Veterinarian
Emergency Medicine
Servicing Locations
Dr. Kevin McKenna served as an infantryman and veterinarian with the U.S. Army before joining us. Stabilizing and treating trauma patients is his favorite aspect of emergency medicine, and performing soft tissue surgery is one of his favorite procedures.
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Colorado State University, Fort Collins
  • Bachelor of Science, Biology, Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff AZ
Dr. McKenna enjoys soccer, running, kayaking, hiking, reading and video games. He and his wife, a primary care veterinarian, have two boys. The family has a dog, Ghost, and three cats. Oscar, Clover and Kaelee.
Dr. Lauren Meltzer is a resident in our surgery service.
Lauren Meltzer
DVM
Surgery
Lauren Meltzer
DVM
BluePearl Veterinarian
Resident
Surgery
Servicing Locations
Dr. Lauren Meltzer is a resident in our surgery service. Her particular interests include surgical oncology and reconstructive surgery.
  • Internship, Small Animal Surgery, BluePearl Veterinary Partners, Southfield MI
  • Internship, Small Animal Surgery, Aspen Meadow Veterinary Specialists, Longmont CO
  • Internship, Orthopedic Surgery and Sports Medicine, Veterinary Orthopedics and Sports Medicine Group, Annapolis Junction MD
  • Internship, Small Animal Surgery, Mission Veterinary Specialists, San Antonio TX
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, Iowa State University, Ames
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Purdue University, West Lafayette IN
  • Bachelor of Arts, Biology, Washington University, St. Louis MO
Dr. Meltzer enjoys hiking, reading and cooking.
Dr. Andy Nanda is an intern
Andy Nanda
BVSc & AH
Surgery
Andy Nanda
BVSc & AH
BluePearl Veterinarian
Specialty Intern
Surgery
Servicing Locations
Dr. Andy Nanda is an intern in our surgical service. He has a background in Tibial Plateau Levelling Osteotomy (TPLO) research and is most interested in orthopedics, including fracture repair, corrective osteotomies and joint surgery.
  • Internship, Small Animal Surgery, Chesapeake Veterinary Surgical Specialists, Annapolis, MD
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, Ironhorse Vetcare, Dublin, CA
  • Bachelor of Veterinary Science & Animal Husbandry, Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Science University, India
Dr. Nanda enjoys spending time with friends and family, playing basketball, hiking and working out.
Dr. Jessica Romine is board certified in veterinary internal medicine. She is holding two kittens on her lap.
Jessica Romine
DVM, DACVIM
Internal Medicine
Jessica Romine
DVM, DACVIM
BluePearl Veterinarian
Board Certified in Veterinary Internal Medicine
Internal Medicine
Servicing Locations
Dr. Jessica Romine, currently on sabbatical, has a particular interest in immune-mediated disease and enjoys working closely with the critical care and nutrition services. She is also the head of our interventional radiology program with special interests in urinary and respiratory imaging and stenting.
  • Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine
  • Residency, Small Animal Internal Medicine, BluePearl Veterinary Partners, Detroit MI
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, BluePearl Veterinary Partners, Atlanta GA
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg VA
  • Bachelor of Science, Animal and Poultry Sciences, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg VA
  • Bachelor of Science, Psychology, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg VA
Dr. Romine enjoys traveling, horseback riding, swimming, cooking, trying new cuisines, and hosting dinner parties. Jackie is her lovable mixed-breed dog and Fivian her cat.
Dr. Michelle Rose is board certified in veterinary radiology. She is sitting down and hugging a light brown corgi.
Michelle Rose
DVM, MS, DACVR
Diagnostic Imaging
Michelle Rose
DVM, MS, DACVR
BluePearl Veterinarian
Board Certified in Veterinary Radiology
Diagnostic Imaging
Servicing Locations
Dr. Michelle Rose performs and interprets CT scans, MRIs, digital X-rays and ultrasounds.
  • Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Radiology
  • Residency, The Ohio State University, Columbus
  • Internship, Michigan Veterinary Specialists, Southfield
  • Master of Science, The Ohio State University, Columbus
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
  • Bachelor of Science, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Dr. Rose enjoys skiing, biking, swimming and spending time with Jessie, her cat.
Dr. Laura Shepard is an emergency medicine veterinarian. She is sitting with her arms on a white and gray cat.
Laura Shepard
DVM
Emergency Medicine
Laura Shepard
DVM
BluePearl Veterinarian
Emergency Medicine
Servicing Locations
Dr. Laura Shepard has been practicing veterinary medicine for over 18 years. She is particularly interested in internal medicine, dermatology and soft tissue surgery, and has a soft spot for sassy older cats.
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
  • Bachelor of Science, Microbiology, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
In her free time, Dr. Shepard enjoys gardening, crocheting, hiking, biking and spending time with her kids, husband, cats and dog.
Dr. Genna Taulbee is a small animal medicine and surgery intern.
Genna Taulbee
DVM
Genna Taulbee
DVM
BluePearl Veterinarian
Servicing Locations
Dr. Genna Taulbee is a small animal medicine & surgery intern. She finds soft tissue surgery and wound management the most gratifying to perform.
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Michigan State University, East Lansing
  • Bachelor of Science, Biochemistry, University of California, Berkeley
Dr. Taulbee enjoys painting, camping and playing video games. She has a cat named Ember and a dog named Boss.
Dr. Jacob Winbigler is an emergency medicine veterinarian. He is with a golden retriever.
Jacob Winbigler
DVM
Emergency Medicine
Jacob Winbigler
DVM
BluePearl Veterinarian
Emergency Medicine
Servicing Locations
Dr. Jacob Winbigler’s special areas of interest include states of shock, neurologic emergencies, traumatic brain injury and spinal cord disease, transfusion medicine, and feline urinary obstructions.
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, BluePearl Veterinary Partners, Detroit MI
  • Clinical Rotation, Purdue University, West Lafayette IN
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Ross University, St. Kitts & Nevis, West Indies
  • Bachelor of Sciences, Biology, Central Michigan University, Mount Pleasant
Dr. Winbigler enjoys running, exercise and being outdoors. He also likes spending time in downtown Detroit and attending festivals and concerts. His three cats include Max, Helen and Trixie.
Dr. Brian Young is board certified in both veterinary internal medicine and emergency and critical care medicine. He is holding a small white dog.
Brian Young
VMD, DACVIM, DACVECC
Critical Care
Brian Young
VMD, DACVIM, DACVECC
BluePearl Veterinarian
Board Certified in Veterinary Internal Medicine and Emergency & Critical Care
Critical Care
Servicing Locations
Dr. Brian Young was previously an adjunct professor at Western University. His clinical interests include shock recognition and resuscitation as well as transfusion medicine. He particularly enjoys ventilator medicine and finds septic shock cases a significant challenge that can be very rewarding to treat. Highly committed to developing the next generation of specialists, Dr. Young has evaluated residency programs and training guidelines as a member of the Residency Training Committee for the American College of Veterinary Emergency & Critical Care and is currently a board validator for the college. He is also a peer reviewer for articles submitted for publication in the Journal of Veterinary Emergency & Critical Care.
  • Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Emergency & Critical Care
  • Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine
  • Dual Residency, Emergency & Critical Care and Internal Medicine, Animal Medical Center, New York City
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, Animal Medical Center, New York City
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
  • Bachelor of Science, Biology, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
Dr. Young is an avid gardener and artist. He paints with oils, acrylics and encaustics, which are pigments melted in a beeswax-based medium. He loves horseback riding, hiking, attending the theater and dancing. His pets include West Highland white terrier Trip, cat Kentucky Blue, and thoroughbred Susie.

Technicians (VTS)

Regina Fairman is a veterinary technician specialist in our emergency and critical care service.
Regina Fairman
LVT, VTS (ECC)
Critical Care
Regina Fairman
LVT, VTS (ECC)
Veterinary Technician Specialist (Emergency & Critical Care)
Critical Care
Servicing Locations
The pace and case variety, like endocrine emergencies and C-sections, are exciting for Regina, who is also passionate about geriatric care and giving high-quality nursing care. Frank, her red Doberman, and Jack Russell terrier Lemon keep her busy at home, where she also enjoys reading, gardening and working out.
Illustration of a silhouette of a figure with a stethoscope draped around their neck.
Victoria Kerby
LVT, VTS (SAIM), VTS (Nutrition)
Internal Medicine, Nutrition
Victoria Kerby
LVT, VTS (SAIM), VTS (Nutrition)
Veterinary Technician Specialist (Small Animal Internal Medicine) & (Nutrition)
Internal Medicine, Nutrition
Servicing Locations
Victoria strives to strengthen the bond between pets and their families in times of illness, helping people to understand what’s going on and how treatment will go. She truly enjoys treating cats who need feeding tube management, and has a particular interest in the benefit to patients of both traditional therapeutics and nutritional intervention.
Illustration of a silhouette of a figure with a stethoscope draped around their neck.
Amanda Wyniarsky
LVT, VTS (ECC)
Critical Care
Amanda Wyniarsky
LVT, VTS (ECC)
Veterinary Technician Specialist (Emergency & Critical Care)
Critical Care
Servicing Locations
Amanda loves the fast pace of the emergency room and the complexity of the cases they see. Her particular clinical interests include endocrine emergencies, acute abdomens and transfusion medicine.